Despite getting double-digit scoring from four different players, Oregon State simply didn’t have enough in the tank as they fell to Oklahoma in the PK Invitational on Tuesday night, 77-69.
Tres Tinkle (18 points), Ethan Thompson (17 points), Alfred Hollins (12 points) and Zach Reichle (10 points) led a top-heavy Beavers offensive display, which saw just three other players on the roster score in the contest.
For Oklahoma, Kristian Doolittle (19 points) and Austin Reaves (17 points) anchored their offensive output, with Jamal Bieniemy chipping in 13 points of his own. Previous third leading scorer on the team De’Vion Harmon (15.5 PPG) failed to find a basket in the contest, finishing with zero points, while Brady Manek, featured as our Player To Watch in our Oklahoma preview, tallied 10 points and 7 rebounds.
The Beavers trailed by just one at the half-time break, with thanks to a buzzer-beating jumper from the aforementioned Doolittle. Despite a strong first half, which saw Alfred Hollins and Zach Reichle post a combined 19 points on 8-10 shooting from the field, Oregon State looked to be the team leaving points on the floor with missed opportunities.
In the second half, the Sooners just seemed to be the squad ready for the moment.
Oklahoma rallied to open up a double-digit lead midway through the second frame, before the Beavers came storming back to cut the lead within two possessions in the final minute. However, the Sooners used their veteran prowess to efficiently execute two key late-game situations in the half-court, which would go on to seal the Beavers fate.
Oregon State falls to 2-1 on the year with the defeat, while Oklahoma is now 3-0.
Game Notes: Despite finishing with a combined 35 points, Tres Tinkle and Ethan Thompson shot 13-34 from the field...Kylor Kelley had 4 blocks (all in the paint) in another impressive individual defensive showing...Payton Dastrup added 5 points and 5 rebounds in an efficient use of his court time...Oregon State’s bench scored just 7 points and shot 3-11 from the field.
Up Next: Oregon State will travel to Laramie on Saturday, November 16th, for a road matchup with Wyoming. The Cowboys are currently 1-1 on the season and will host Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday night in a non-league clash.